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Greg Grossman: Celebrity Chef is Just 13

 Greg Grossman: Celebrity Chef is Just 13

Inside the Alinea kitchen (photo from flickr user edsoloh)

Christopher Borrelli | Chicago Tribune

Q: You’re friends with Eric Ripert?

A: “I’m not sure friends. I have an open invitation to shadow him at [the acclaimed chef’s New York culinary palace] Le Bernardin. And I’m going to spend time in the kitchen at Mini Bar in D.C. soon – you know, at Jose Andres’ place?”

Q: Are you making money as a caterer?

A: "No. I don’t charge enough. I’ve been taken advantage of, I think. I would charge like $150 on average, and other people are asking like $2,000! Which is a lot of money, but I’m not marking up food at all. People are like, ‘How much will you take?’ "

Q: You want to be taken seriously, but talent or not, you’re aware a lot of people may see you as a novelty act.

A: “Yeah. When I started, I stayed in back, then people started coming to meet the chef and they would find this 13-year old and they’re always kind of amazed. But I decided I don’t want to play up my age because I don’t want everyone to think like, you know, that I think I’m the best – that I’m this stuck-up kid who thinks he’s the best chef in the world. I’m not stuck-up at all.”

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